Process develops productive reconversion model in Cesar

The Prodeco Group promotes a sustainable, inclusive, equitable productive conversion model that is aligned with the economic vocation of the municipalities in its area of ​​influence in Cesar, namely El Paso, La Jagua de Ibirico and Becerril.

In this way, it is committed to promoting the productive vocation of communities and creating opportunities for the development of their enterprises.

More than 30,000 young chicks were recently planted in two livestock projects, one in the municipality of La Jagua de Ibirico and the other in the corregimiento of La Loma, municipality of El Paso.

Raúl Roys, Social Affairs Manager of Grupo Prodeco, explained that it is a sustainable and technical aquaculture production system, which allows families to evolve in fishing.

“This project also has a commercial ally that will allow them to sell the products once they are in the stage to do so, encouraging families to fully participate in the whole process,” he said.

The chicks were planted in five pools of the fishing stations of El Rocío (15,000) in La Loma and La Estrella (16,000) in La Jagua. This initiative benefits 90 families.

At the end of February, the company reactivated fish farming projects in the municipalities of El Paso, La Jagua de Ibirico and Becerril to promote the region’s productive conversion beyond mining and generate income for artisanal fishermen’s families through production and commercialization of red tilapia.

The work is carried out with three associations that bring together artisanal fishermen and their families, they are the leaders of this process: Asopraps, in the municipality of El Paso; Apetosca, in La Jagua de Ibirico; and Asopaab, in the municipality of Becerril.

Efer Bastidas, president of the Puente Seco Association of Agricultural Producers (Asopraps) of La Loma, recognized the beneficial change brought about by this reconversion project: “There in the river we can catch fish or not, while here it is safe to fish “, he claimed.

In turn, the president of the fishermen’s association of La Jagua de Ibirico (Apetosca), Víctor Ávila, pointed out that he feels safer because the practice of artisanal fishing involves dangers, such as those he ran a few days ago, when a asphyxiation bit him and caused serious injury.

The company assured that its goal is to prepare the area for a future without mining; empowering communities and providing them with opportunities to strengthen their capabilities and be the leaders of their development.

It is recalled that the companies of the Prodeco group, CI Prodeco SA (Prodeco), Carbones de la Jagua SA (CDJ), Consorcio Minero Unido SA (CMU) and Carbones El Tesoro SA (CET), operated the Calenturitas opencast mines and La Jagua in Cesar, where it now meets the social and environmental obligations typical of the transition and closure phase of its mining operations in the country.

Source: El heraldo